Barack Obama (1961 – )

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Life in Brief: Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States—becoming the first African American to serve in that office—on January 20, 2009. The son of a white American mother and a black Kenyan father, Obama grew up … more life in brief »

Essays about Barack Obama

About His Administration

First Lady
Michelle Obama
Vice President
Joseph Biden
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Sylvia Mathews Burwell (2014- )
Kathleen Sebelius (2009-2014)
Secretary of Agriculture
Tom Vilsack (2009- )
Secretary of Education
Arne Duncan (2009- )
Secretary of Homeland Security
Jeh Johnson (2013- )
Janet Napolitano (2009-2013)
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Julián Castro (2014- )
Shaun Donovan (2009-2014)
Secretary of Transportion
Anthony Foxx (2013- )
Ray LaHood (2009-2013)

Facts about Barack Obama

44th President of the United States (2009 – )
August 4, 1961, Honolulu, Hawaii
Political Party
Columbia University (B.A., 1983), Harvard (J.D., 1991)
October 3, 1992 to Michelle Robinson
Malia Ann (1998); Natasha, known as Sasha (2001)
Community Organizer, Public Official

Dreams from My Father (1995); The Audacity of Hope (2006)

It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.
November 4, 2008

Citation Information

Consulting Editor

Michael Nelson

Professor Nelson is the Fulmer Professor Political Science at Rhodes College, a senior fellow of the Miller Center, and the senior contributing editor and book editor of the Cook Political Report. He is the author of multiple books on American politics and government, including:

Resilient America: Electing Nixon in 1968, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government (University Press of Kansas), which won the American Political Science Association’s Richard E. Neustadt Award for Best Book on the Presidency published in 2014

How the South Joined the Gambling Nation: The Politics of State Policy Innovation (LSU Press), which won the Southern Political Science Association’s V.O. Key Award for Outstanding Book on Southern Politics published in 2006

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